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Linda
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Welder?

Post by Linda » Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:15 pm

I'm looking for someone who can weld a crack in the tin can-like metal which makes up the convertible top bow on my car. It is a curved hollow piece which is prone to cracking and bending. The good news is the crack is on the inside near the center latch, and I don't care what it ends up looking like. I have a new convertible top I want to install but can't until I fix this.
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Linda
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Re: Welder?

Post by Martin Keller » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:14 pm

Hi Linda,

Dave Wellwood at Wellwood Restoration in Ventura, CA.. 805-469-7842

Any good welding shop or even a good muffler shop as they are always welding thin metal.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Welder?

Post by Linda » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:37 am

Hi Martin,
Thx for info. I wasn't sure if most welders worked on thin metal. Good to know. Glad I am in So Cal where a convertible top is seldom needed!

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Re: Welder?

Post by Steve Simmons » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:31 pm

A good welder can repair it. He will probably weld a thin piece onto the bow for added strength. You probably don't want one on top since it may be a visible bulge when the vinyl is pulled tight.

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Re: Welder?

Post by Linda » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:15 pm

I know this isn't easy, but what would be a ballpark cost for this kind of repair?
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Re: Welder?

Post by Steve Simmons » Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:45 pm

I can't say with any accuracy whatsoever, but I'd imagine it won't cost much. Maybe $25.

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Re: Welder?

Post by Linda » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:20 pm

Just thought I would give a plug to the guys over at West Valley Welding on Deering St, in Canoga Park.
I took my convertible top bow in and the guy there said he would do a little test area to see if their equipment worked well enough. Next thing I know it is all finished, and he would not take any money for the job! Even though I told him I didn't really care about the looks, he ground down the main weld so it looked flatter. I was pleased to get it done.
Anyway, very nice, and if I ever needed a bigger job I would definitely use them. :)

Linda

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